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Old 08-23-2013, 03:33 PM   #1531
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not to act like I'm trying to play moderator or anything, but we should probably move on from the pool hopping discussion, right or wrong. These discussions never go well and they've been discussed ad nauseam in the threads linked previously here on the resort board. (linking again - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2450438 )

I like that this thread stays happy and factual and directly related to SOG.
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:59 PM   #1532
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not to act like I'm trying to play moderator or anything, but we should probably move on from the pool hopping discussion, right or wrong. These discussions never go well and they've been discussed ad nauseam in the threads linked previously here on the resort board. (linking again - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2450438 )

I like that this thread stays happy and factual and directly related to SOG.
That's why I posted the link.
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:01 PM   #1533
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The Millpond is the one still available. I try to look at their Facebook page and they are pretty good about posting updates and pictures of the construction they are doing on the other pool.

A lady posted a question asking if the pool construction would be done by the time they get there(September 4th.) and Shades of Green wrote back that it would not be done by then.
They're now saying "early fall" which means late Sept-early Oct would be my guess.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:50 PM   #1534
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not to act like I'm trying to play moderator or anything, but we should probably move on from the pool hopping discussion, right or wrong. These discussions never go well and they've been discussed ad nauseam in the threads linked previously here on the resort board. (linking again - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2450438 )

I like that this thread stays happy and factual and directly related to SOG.
Ditto. The only reason I come to this board anymore is for this thread. Let's keep it classy.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:50 PM   #1535
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not to act like I'm trying to play moderator or anything, but we should probably move on from the pool hopping discussion, right or wrong. These discussions never go well and they've been discussed ad nauseam in the threads linked previously here on the resort board. (linking again - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2450438 )

I like that this thread stays happy and factual and directly related to SOG.
Glad you said something. I was going to because things were getting a bit snippy and that's not what we are about here.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:57 PM   #1536
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Let's start another topic: What is your favorite part about staying at Shades?

Mine is the peaceful atmosphere with that military discipline and comraderie (sp?).
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:01 PM   #1537
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My new favorite is the bar in the lobby. Used it quite convincingly last visit. My old favorite is the hot tub. It is actually hot. Hope it stays that way after the renovation.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:07 PM   #1538
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Let's start another topic: What is your favorite part about staying at Shades?

Mine is the peaceful atmosphere with that military discipline and comraderie (sp?).
This! Also, everyone says hello to everyone. There's a connection you just don't get at a regular hotel.

Our main reason for staying at SOG is we get a deluxe size resort for a low price. We pay the highest category, but it's still a fabulous deal. We've stayed in '98, '05, '08, '11. In '98 we had our two teenage sons with us. The rest of the trips have just been DH and I. My favorite thing is location. We can walk to Poly and TTC if we want instead of taking SOG transportation.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:08 PM   #1539
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Can't wait to see all the new changes ... in 23 days! What do they serve at that lobby bar? Just breakfast stuff or does it change throughout the day?
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:54 PM   #1540
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Ice cream and cocktails from the lobby bar.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:06 PM   #1541
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Let's start another topic: What is your favorite part about staying at Shades?

Mine is the peaceful atmosphere with that military discipline and comraderie (sp?).
Bigger rooms for a smaller price is the best part of staying at Shades for us. On our last trip we stayed at POR and it was really nice but after staying at Shades the year before the size of the room is a disappointment when you can pay less at Shades and get a bigger room and sit out on the little patio and relax.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:23 PM   #1542
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Room size, fridges, coffee makers, tables and chairs, convenient transportation without pushing and shoving. Truly. Shades of Green transportation is THE best. On time, right there, without a line as long as a football field. I also love the covered parking. We usually drive and parking's a breeze. Not so at the other resorts. And I love it that we can walk to the Polynesian and catch the monorail if we want to. Our first night at Shades we always eat at O'Hanas and enjoy the fireworks from the beach.

Our family (5 grown married kids and 9 grand-kids), and between us and our kids, there are 3 military people. We visit Shades at least once a year and book between 6 and 8 rooms. The staff is always, always, so nice about booking rooms on the same floor, many times right next to each other.

The only disadvantage of Shades is not being able to have the meal plan, but that's a small inconvenience compared to everything else.
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Old 08-24-2013, 09:17 PM   #1543
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A few of my favorite things at Shades of Green:
It seems so much calmer at SOG than over at other Disney resorts, even during busy times of year. The buses, surprisingly. We always meet very kind and polite passengers and I am always offered a seat on the Shades buses despite being completely fine and able to stand (unless I am carrying a child.) I really don't even mind that the buses only come on the hour because I appreciate the predictability. And I love being able to walk to the Poly.

I do wish that Shades of Green offered an airport shuttle, even if they had to charge a small fee to operate it.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:08 AM   #1544
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We are at SOG right now. But leaving this afternoon its been a great week! We have loved having a large room for such a low rate, but I have to admit we're not fans of the transportation here. One bus broke down altogether. They did get a rental to replace it by the next day and another bus seemed to have no A/C at all. Otherwise we enjoyed our first stay at SoG
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We are at SOG right now. But leaving this afternoon its been a great week! We have loved having a large room for such a low rate, but I have to admit we're not fans of the transportation here. One bus broke down altogether. They did get a rental to replace it by the next day and another bus seemed to have no A/C at all. Otherwise we enjoyed our first stay at SoG
Oh no!
Side note: I read new buses in the spring and the old would be retired.
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